The remnant of the stranglehold Democrats had on Texas at one time lives on in several of the counties inhabited still by majority Democrat constituencies. Watkins is one such: an Eric Holder wannabe if there ever was one.
The worst example is Travis County, in which Austin and the crazed Austinites who elect city councilmen who ignore fixing potholes in favor of passing condemning resolutions on Israel and similar useless ****.
Because the Texas Constitution doesn't allow for prosecution of politicians by the state Attorney General, somehow the Travis County D.A. has become the heavy for that. And the past and current holders of that office seek every opportunity to bring action against Republicans for partisan purposes.